2017’s Logan was as fine a send-off as a character can get on film. Despite Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine being one of the best things about Fox’s X-Universe, there was always a sense that he never got the movie he deserved. He was great as part of an ensemble in efforts like X2: X-Men United and Days of Future Past, but his solo outings stunk up the place pretty bad (and I include the honestly dull The Wolverine in that). Logan redeemed the role for one last hurrah though, but it also made fans realize that they loved Jackman so much that they really didn’t want him to go.
One of the most committed fans seems to be the Merc with a Mouth himself, Ryan Reynolds. He’s been on a one-man campaign to get a Deadpool/Wolverine film off the ground for years, continually ribbing Jackman in an attempt to get him to pop the claws back on for a final dance. But, from the sounds of this interview the actor gave while promoting The Front Runner, he really is done with the role. That being said, he believes that we’ll be seeing the character again at some point, just with another individual playing him.
“Oh, Wolverine will be back. Someone’s going to buy him, I don’t know.”
Said someone is Disney, of course, who are no doubt drooling at the commercial prospects of splicing mutants into the MCU, which would result in mountains of hype and a whole bunch of new storytelling opportunities. This would surely come with a bit of recasting and a reimagining of the role, too, perhaps to be more in line with his comic book look.
Elsewhere in the interview, Jackman went on to comment on Ryan Reynolds pestering him for a team-up movie, saying:
“Ryan is relentless. He keeps coming back to me in all these ways, shapes and forms. I just said, ‘You know, I just don’t think the world really wants to see Deadpool with Wolverine.’ Maybe a cameo from Deadpool? I just think it runs over it for Deadpool.”
I think Jackman is wrong here, and the world definitely wants to see Wolverine hanging out with Deadpool. It’d be the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of superhero team-up movies. And in response to Reynolds saying that his offer for the film was a charitable offer to give Jackman’s career a boost?
“Oh, really? That’s nice of him,” said Hugh. “He’s throwing me a bone? Got it. You know that term, dag, I mentioned? A dag is a goofball in American. It’s a goof. You’re such a dag, Ryan!”
Well, dag might well mean goofball in American, but Jackman’s Australian, where a dag’s a dried turd caught in the wool around a sheep’s ass. So I think that pretty much sums up the chances of them working on a superhero team-up together anytime soon, don’t you?